World number 2, Angelique Kerber booked her place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after battling her way past Pauline Parmentier.
With Serena Williams’ absence from the Indian Wells, Kerber will be gunning to return to the position of world number one — and she’s a step closer after a hard fought 7-5 3-6 7-5 victory against Parmentier.
Parmentier, the world number 62 from France seemed set to upset Kerber in the deciding set as she raced to a 4-1 lead, but Kerber fought back, winning six of the next seven games to book her place in the fourth round.
“When you are in a match like this, you are not thinking about pressure,” Kerber said.
“I think I was starting to believe in myself again and trying to take this challenge and trying to play point by point,” Kerber said of her mindset after going down a break in the deciding set.
“I was not thinking about what has happened before, just going for it and trying to move in good, bring a lot of balls back, and going for it when I have the chance.”
Kerber will now face Russian Elena Vesnina, who beat Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.